THE BEST WAY TO EMBARKATION
We started the trip by flying into Istanbul, Turkey. From LAX, nonstop service to Istanbul is offered on Turkish, and connecting service (change of planes) is available on Lufthansa, KLM and Air France. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $737, including all taxes and fees.
We flew home from Athens. From there to LAX, connecting service (change of planes) is offered on Air France, KLM, British, Lufthansa, Alitalia, Turkish, US Airways, Delta, Swiss. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $663, including all taxes and fees.
Note that one-way fares are often as much as double a round-trip ticket.
Booking a boat
Cruises start at $816 per week. Food and alcohol are extra, dependent on preference. Price includes staff but depends on season and number of people on boat.
We took a private tour to Ephesus, Turkey, the Roman ruins 21/2 hours from Bodrum. We hired a driver and a private guide through Curio Travel, http://www.curiotravel.com, a reliable tour company based in Turkey, which can also book gulet cruises.